diagram

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noun

di·​a·​gram ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio)
1
: a graphic design that explains rather than represents
especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)
2
: a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes
diagrammable adjective
diagrammatic adjective
or less commonly diagrammatical
diagrammatically adverb

diagram

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verb

diagrammed or diagramed ˈdī-ə-ˌgramd How to pronounce diagram (audio) ; diagramming or diagraming ˈdī-ə-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce diagram (audio)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram
diagram a sentence
diagram a football play

Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates. Verb The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Perhaps the Post can do a multi-edition story on the Revolutionary War, including diagrams of the airports Trump claims were so bigly important in helping defeat the British. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 22 Jan. 2024 Type Ia surveys continue to fill the Hubble diagram with more and more data points, and those data points are squeezing within more and more compact error bars. Richard Panek, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2023
Verb
In most classical schools, phonics reign, and students learn grammar by diagramming sentences. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Nevada called timeout and diagrammed a play for 6-foot-6 guard Kenan Blackshear to back down his defender in the lane and shoot a fade-away jumper. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for diagram 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

First Known Use

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diagram was in 1619

Dictionary Entries Near diagram

Cite this Entry

“Diagram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagram. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

diagram

1 of 2 noun
di·​a·​gram ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio)
: a drawing, sketch, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand
diagrammatic adjective
also diagrammatical
diagrammatically adverb

diagram

2 of 2 verb
diagrammed or diagramed
-ˌgramd
; diagramming or diagraming
-ˌgram-iŋ
: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram
diagram a sentence
diagrammed a football play

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